loveswool (loveswool) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Should I trim the stem?

Hello! I've been lurking here on and off for a while but this is my first time to need to post. I just started my first period (like an hour ago) since purchasing my large Lunette cup, and it's only the second period since the birth of my baby who is now 18 months old. I'm 25, married, and a mother of one. I'm not sure if that'll make a difference in how it sits, but my last period was definitely much lighter and shorter than it was before having the baby.

Before trying to insert, I reached in and could feel the cervix (or what I'm hoping is the cervix), read the instructions through twice, looked at YouTube for different folding techniques, and got started. I can get it in just fine but after walking around for a minute or two, the stem is extremely uncomfortable and gets to the point of painful at times. I go back to the restroom to push the cup back up but after walking a bit it moves back down. The stem isn't sticking out but it's right at the edge and it's poking the inner labia, which is what's causing my discomfort. Other than the stem, I don't feel it at all.

Should I trim the stem down or wait a day or two and try it again? I keep reading that the cervix moves higher during the cycle and I'm afraid that if I trim it that I won't be able to get the cup back out again. If I do trim it, how do I do so in a manner that will make it comfortable and not sharp?

Thanks so much!
Tags: first time use, insertion, lunette, stem length/trimming

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